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  • 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Holds Fifth Meeting

    September 25, 2014
    The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) held its fifth public meeting last week, notes Michelle Matto, IDFA’s consultant on nutrition and labeling, in her recent Nutrition Notes blog. The committee presented draft conclusions with mixed messages for dairy. Athought committee members acknowledged the wide range of nutrients provided by dairy foods, it questioned the need for three servings a day, and proposed recommendations to increase consumption of some dairy products and decrease consumption of others. Read More

  • ‘Smarter Snacks’ Come to School

    September 18, 2014
    My Facebook feed has been full of friends’ and family’s back-to-school photos of kids dressed up, with new backpacks, waiting for the bus. While each school year brings new teachers and new lessons, one more difference these kids will see is the types of foods and beverages that are available for individual purchase. Read More

  • Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation: 5 Keys to Community Impact

    August 14, 2014
    IDFA supports the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) as an associate member. A summary of successful strategies from HWCF’s recent grant winners shows some of the proven ways to make a difference in your community. Whether this is an effort by your company, or by sharing with your customers, we can all make a positive impact on the places we live. Read More

  • Are You (or Your Products) Gluten Free?

    August 06, 2014
    FDA’s final rule on gluten free labeling has gone into effect this week. The rule was published last year, but FDA gave the food industry one year to comply with the new requirements. All products that now make “gluten-free” claims must not contain any prohibited grains, including wheat, barley or rye, or ingredients derived from these prohibited grains, unless the ingredients have been processed to remove gluten. Read More

  • Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meets Again

    January 24, 2014
    Last week, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) held its second meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines process. This meeting included an opportunity for oral comment from the public. On January 14, I presented oral comments to the DGAC on behalf of IDFA. I emphasized the nutrient density of dairy products and the importance of including dairy in the Dietary Guidelines. I also spoke about the successes by and efforts of the dairy industry to formulate products that are lower in added sugar, fat and sodium. In addition to oral comments from the public, the DGAC meeting also included presentations from each of the five subcommitees, as well as three invited experts regarding sustainability, dietary patterns and the scope of the Dietary Guidelines. Here are two of the issues that will be important to the Dietary Guidelines as a whole, and specifically for dairy.


    Sustainability and the impact of food choices on the environment represent one of the areas that the DGAC has considered incorporating into the 2015 Dietary Guidelines since its first meeting. The interest continued with a presentation by a speaker invited to address this topic and with a subcommittee tasked with examining research on food safety and sustainability. This topic has not been included in past DGAC reports. Discussions about sustainability focused on the concept that meat and animal products, including dairy, have an overall negative impact on the environment. One of the public commenters was a dairy farmer from Vermont, representing the Innovation Center for U.S. ... Read More

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